0100 - Reynad eliminated as Mlasic beats the odds
Mlasic became the only open qualifier winner to make it past the group stages so far, as he upset Tempo Storm captain Reynad in a five game thriller to end day one.
In Game 1 Mlasic's Druid was able to push out a succession of four attack minions to confound the Priest's answers, despite Reynad getting double Savage Roar from Thoughtsteal. In the second game Reynad tried to do for his Aggro Warrior but the burst damage of the Druid combo and the relentless pressure was just too much, as Reynad was forced to sit on two Heroic Strikes and a Mortal Strike. Reynad began the comeback on Shaman, dealing with an early Shade and Keeper combo from the Druid. The pair traded Loathebs but the Druid ran out of steam at turn 8 and was left with a pair of useless Wild Growths that he was not able to use to draw into answers on turn ten. The pressure of the Shaman wore him down and took us to game four.
Reynad switched to the modified Miracle Rogue, drawing six times off his Auctioneer on turn six. Safe plays with Sludge Belchers saw Reynad able to set up for a Leeroy kill. In game five, Mlasic hit back with his Control Warrior and really secured the game very early building up ten armour early in the game. A Ragnaros on turn eight for Mlasic, dropped on an empty board, helped him draw out Reynad's damage and exhaust a lot of his win condition, before cloning his own Alexstraza to seal the win.
2340 - Kolento sweeps Mlasic to advance
Kolento advanced in the House Cup as he completed a clean sweep to book his place in the quarter finals, setting up a rematch between Mlasic and Reynad in the final group game.
A Druid mirror match kicked us off, and Kolento found himself very much behind in the early going. Mlasic established his board well and got good value from his Cenarius, but Kolento topdecked a Cenarius of his own. After that Kolento made good value trades to clear a path, before a Druid of the Claw and Savage Roar combo gave him the burst he needed. Switching to Priest, Kolento then outlasted Mlasic's Freeze Mage with a perfect curve and double Northshire Cleric to cycle through his deck. The Mage started slow before slamming Alexstraza without warning, but Kolento top decked a Mind Control to steal the dragon for himself and see it out to 2-0.
In the final game, a Priest mirror, Kolento got the better of the draws in the late game when it mattered. Mlasic established his board early but another gutsy double Northshire play saw Kolento clear and start to build a board of his own. Mlasic was left with only answers in his hand - but not to the questions Kolento was posing, and with no questions of his own. Kolento sealed the series and his place in the round of eight.
2328 - Reynad send Faramir home in a 3-1 series
Reynad rebounded from his 3-0 loss to Mlasic to send home DKMR's Faramir, considered one of the strongest players to make it to the House Cup through the open qualifiers.
Reynad opened with his Druid against Priest, and despite Faramir getting a Ragnaros at the perfect time, Reynad's Druid was solid enough to take the victory. In the second game Faramir wisely chose Shaman to counterpick the Druid, but Reynad curved very well once again and provided answers to everything Shaman had to offer. As the Shaman finally managed to get board control it was too late, and despite Reynad's ETC only drawing him Murlocs he was able to see it out to 2-0. Reynad then switched over to his Tempo Storm signature Aggro Warrior and Faramir went on to Mage, and some gutsy plays including dropping two Kirin Tor Mages at once with only one secret to play saw him pull a game back.
Faramir stuck with the Mage and Reynad pulled out the Shaman, and for the first ten turns the game was very slow indeed. Neither was able to establish a board and a stalemate ensued, right up until the point that Faramir pulled Rag. Shaman proved however why it is considered one of the best counter decks in the game, and Reynad managed to get his damage in at every opportunity to close out the series.
2238 - Kolento fights back to advance to the winners' match
Kolento must have been having horrible flashbacks to the EU World Championship qualifiers as once again he found himself staring down a huge upset, 2-0 down against a Mage deck.
Instead of Aggro however, Faramir had brought a secrets orientated Mage deck that caused Kolento all manner of trouble. Kolento's Cloud9 Rogue with Violet Teachers went all in with spells and Conceal to flood the board, but he left himself vulnerable to Flamestrike and that tempo was enough to swing the game. In game two, Faramir held on to his Flamestrike arguably too long, but a Ragnaros top deck managed to see him close it out to go 2-0 up.
From there, Kolento looked to his Priest to close it out, and in a close run game a topdecked Mind Control was able to pull Kolento back into it and he managed to outlast Faramir. Faramir looked to his Hunter, another player choosing to pick this unfavourable match up, and this time it did not pay off. A near perfect start from Kolento with Cleric, Blademaster and Circle in his opening hand put him too far ahead.
In the final match, Kolento switched to Handlock and ran into a Shaman counterpick. Faramir managed to have two Hexes and two Earth Shocks in his hand turn one which, while perfect answers to Handlock, made his turns clunky at best. Faramir managed to Earth Shock both Twilight Drakes in one turn and use Al Akir to clear a Mountain Giant at the perfect moment, but Kolento's Giants saw him through.
2117 - Mlasic sweeps Reynad in the biggest upset so far
The Shaman deck of Mlasic was too much to handle for Reynad, as he dropped the series 3-0 without really troubling Mlasic.
Reynad was running a similar Aggro Warrior deck to TidesofTime, but the deck ran out of steam far too quickly to deal with the Shaman's super strong midgame. Reynad's Druid decklist left more questions than answers, with bizarre picks like ETC, and again the Shaman was able to streak ahead in the midgame. Mlasic made some difficult plays with overload in the first few turns that could have cost him, but his excellent Unbound Elemental and Feral Spirits put him out of reach. In the final game Reynad picked his Rogue, a Miracle Rogue still running Leeroy but without Shadowstep synergy, but another Unbound and Feral Spirits combo put Shaman too far ahead early on and Reynad conceded pretty early.
Mlasic advances, while Reynad is just one game away from going home in the group stage as he did at WCA.